AMERICAN BAPTIST WOMEN MINISTRIES
Charles Lamb said, "New Year's Day is every man's birthday." Whether you stayed up until midnight to see the New Year in or to make sure the old year was gone, we all have the opportunity to use Ben Franklin's idea, to be at war with our vices, at peace with our neighbors, and let the New Year find us a better person.
Thanks to Carolyn and Robert Thompson for hosting a New Year's Eve fellowship. Those attending had an enjoyable time of games, devotions, and snacks.
Today, beginning at 10 a.m., the flower committee is hosting "The Unhanging of the Greens."
This Sunday we will be back on a regular schedule of programs and services. Sunday School classes are all on the ground level. Classes are nursery through adult. Worship begins at 10:30 a.m., with a nursery supervised by Carolyn Thompson and Josh. Spirit Kids (K-2) will leave the sanctuary with Tammy Pearce and Jonathan. There is also a class for children with special needs for Sunday School and Worship hour.
AWANA and Jr./Sr. High Youth meet at 5:30 p.m. We are looking forward to a spirited hour and half of lessons, singing, and hearty snack. The adults meet for singing and Bible study at 6 p.m.
Tuesday evening, at 6 p.m., committees will meet to welcome new members, select officers, and work on the year agenda in preparation for the Jan. 18 church-wide planning meeting. Wednesday we will have prayer meeting at 7 p.m. The American Baptist Women Ministries will meet at noon in the church fellowship room. All women of the church and community are invited for this time with a fellowship meal and study.
We hope you began your new year with a time of prayer and conversation with the Lord. Today why not give Him a big smile and say, "Lord, I'm going to church tomorrow!"
We'll all be so happy to see you.
BEE RIDGE CHURCH
Out with the old, in with the new. A new year calls for new beginnings. After spending way too much over the Christmas holiday, we may feel like we need to get a loan. There's nothing wrong with that but have you ever thought about making a loan to someone. Maybe even giving God a loan! If you think you don't have anything to loan, you are mistaken because you do. If you are gracious to the needy, you are lending to God and He will repay you for your good deeds. Starting a new year would be a good time to think about helping those in need and you wouldn't have to spend a dime. Just show kindness and be willing to help them do things they are no longer able to do. That will make our God very happy. Isn't that what we want to do?
Another thing that would make our God extremely happy would be for you to attend church regularly. If you don't already have a church, the doors are always open at Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church. We welcome you with open arms. Come check us out. You won't be sorry. We are located on north Kennedy's Crossing Road, just 1.4 miles north of Northview. Sunday School starts at 9:30 a.m., with church following at 10:30 a.m. Sunday School and church services are available for both children and adults.
Happy New Year from Pastor Jeff and the Congregation.
BETHEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Bethel United Methodist Church, 924 E. Pinckley St., will be having its monthly evening Music Worship Service on Sunday, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m.
Music will be provided by P150. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served after the service.
CARBON BAPTIST CHURCH
Hope everyone had a nice Christmas, and looking forward to the New Year from Carbon Baptist Church.
Coming up this week will be our youth group meeting at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 4, at the church. Associate/Youth Pastor Chris Lee heads up our youth department and always has something interesting and fun going on. Chris is starting something new on Sunday evenings. It is called Thirsty. It starts Jan. 11, 2009, at 6 p.m.
It is a new contemporary service geared toward high school and college, but open to all.
Come to Thirsty and experience the Living Water and be Quenched.
You will not be disappointed.
We had the election of officers for the New Year and want to congratulate them and wish them many blessings for all they do and will do for our church.
Thanks, from Carbon Baptist Church.
CARBON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Well, Christmas and all its fuss is over for another year. We can stow Jesus away with all the Christmas decorations. We've had enough of both. Right? Let's hope not. Now it is into New Years and all those wonderful resolutions! Resolved: To not stow Jesus away with the empty boxes and used ribbons! Jesus cannot be put in a box. He cannot be forgotten. He is with us all the time whether we realize it or not.
Even if we consciously try to reject Him, just the fact that we consciously try acknowledges that we know He is there. Accept Him, love Him, follow Him.
It is always a little sad to take down all the Christmas decorations. Everything looks so plain ... so normal! But we do move on. There is an old hymn (the first one I ever sang as a special with Irma Dowen years ago) called "Look For The Beautiful." Even with the Christmas glitz put away and things put back in place, the beauty is on the faces of those around you. If you look for it, you will find it.
Our Candlelight Christmas Eve service was beautiful. I, one of little faith, thought there would be just a handful of older people with no children who would turn out for it, but was I fooled! The people came and kept coming! They brought their children and everyone who came was blessed with a beautiful, meaningful service. Thank you, Rick.
There will be a Yearly Planning Meeting on Jan. 11. Everyone is asked to be ready to begin at 3 p.m. Bring soup or sandwiches or something to go with soup and we will eat when the meeting is over.
Remember, you cannot pack Jesus away in a box. Come, give Him a special place in your heart this year. Our church can help. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m., with Worship Service starting at 10:30 a.m. Will we see you there?
EASTSIDE CHRISTIAN CHURCH
First of all we want to thank Susan Treash for the beautiful song she sang at our Christmas Eve Candlelight service. It was truly a blessing.
Well, 2009 is here. It is hard to believe that another year has passed so quickly. Pastor Bill and the board met this morning to discuss projects and goals for our church in the coming year. I am sure God is with them. Men don't forget about the Mens' breakfast they have every Saturday morning at 8 a.m. You are all welcome.
We want to keep in our prayers Mary I. Hendrickson on the loss of her brother and her having to travel to California. Also, we want to pray for Dave Lewis, who is having some health issues at this time, and we are still praying for Juanita Trout with the loss of Wilbur. We also are praying for Josiah Brock who has returned to school. He is doing very well. If there is anyone needing prayer, please let us know. We are a church that believes in prayer and will be happy to pray for you.
Don't forget it is time to put in your order for the Angel Food Ministry. Lorie will be set up at the church on Monday evening from 6-8 p.m., to take your orders, and then Sharon will be there on Thursday, from 4-6 p.m. Please take advantage of this ministry, for it is a good way to save on your grocery bill, and the food is really good.
Board meeting will also take place on Thursday evening at 7 p.m.
It was good to see so many in church Sunday. Dave and Millie lead the singing with some really good Christmas songs. It is always enjoyable to sing the songs at this time of year.
You are both a blessing to our congregation.
I think God is pleased with the direction our church is going. Won't you come be with us and help in doing His Will?
Our Sunday School for all ages is at 9:30 a.m., and our worship service is at 10:30 a.m.. We do offer a childrens' worship for ages 3-7 during the 10:30 a.m. service. Sunday evening service is at 6 p.m., and our Wednesday Bible Study is at 7 p.m.. The youth also meet on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. We would love to see more youth come. Jonathan does a great job. You would have a great time! Our church is located directly behind Hardee's on Church St. It is a new year, and a good resolution would be start the year our right by being in church. We that attend church can attest that our weeks always go better when we have started out the week by being in God's House. You should really try it!
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Sunday worship at First Christian Church is at 9 and 10:30 a.m., with Adult Bible classes meeting at both 9 and 10:30 in the west wing of the church. KidZone meets at 9 a.m., in the Family Life Center, while Reel Worship for middle and high school age students meets at the Walnut Theater at 9 a.m. Bob Witte is the preaching minister, Chris Gregg is youth minister, Corinna Stewart is director of children's ministry and Ryan Freeman is worship minister. More information about First Christian Church, Reel Worship, and Cornerstone Christian School, is on its web site, www.fccbrazil.org.
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Fireproof Your Marriage at Brazil First United Methodist Church.
We will begin a small group series based on the movie "Fireproof," on Jan. 18.
Call the church office or join us Sunday morning for more details and to order your materials.
Join us for traditional worship at 9 a.m., or contemporary worship at 11 a.m., on Sunday morning. Sunday school for all ages begins at 10:10 a.m.
HARMONY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Did you get what you wanted for Christmas? Was it what you had anxiously awaiting? If not, "What do you do now?"
Again, I'm not talking about the gifts and packages we can order over the internet or run out and buy at the mall, I'm talking about the gift of a Savior! Just as many in ancient Israel were not ready for receive Christ 2000 years ago, many of us are still have not received the gift that has for each of us. This week we will hear the words of Paul in Ephesians 3:1-12 as we hear the story of the mystery of Christ being revealed to the world.
This Sunday we will celebrate Holy Communion and, as always, there will be plenty of great fellowship and sharing in joys and concerns. We invite and welcome any who would like to attend! Sunday Morning Worship -- 9 a.m., Sunday School -- 10:45 a.m. Come and join us!
LITTLE HISTORIC CHURCH OF CARBON
The Little Historic Church at Carbon will have a pitch-in supper and program featuring the McKinley Hill Praise Band Friday, Jan. 9, 2009.
Supper will be at 6 p.m., with the program beginning at 7 p.m.
Due to storm sewer construction in the area of the church, the program will be at Peniel United Methodist Church, located approximately one mile north of Northview High School on Kennedy's Crossing Road.
Bring a friend and join us for an evening of good food and fellowship.
OTTER CREEK CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Have a Happy and Holy New Year. Now why would I wish you to have a Holy new year? First Peter 1:16 says "Because it is written, "Be ye holy as I am Holy". This is not talking about me being holy but I am, is one of God's names. God never asks us to do anything that He thinks we cannot do, in other words, like Ephesians 4:13 says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
What is Holy? The definition according to Webster's Dictionary is: 1. dedicated to religious use; sacred, 2. spiritually pure; sinless; 3, deserving deep respect or awe. We can only be holy because God is Holy, so to be Holy we should be a reflection of the Word of God.
The only way to do that is by looking to The Word/Bible and letting that Word live in you. 1st Peter 1 says, "Wherefore, "[when a verse begins with either where or therefore I should check to see what it is there for]/" laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speaks, . . . .v5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ." Please read entire scripture 1st Peter 2: 1-6 in context. This would also be a good way to start your New Year on a positive way. There is no way you can change the world only god can do that but you can change your attitude and thereby change your portion of the world.
Now I have a question for you -- What does the Otter Creek Christian, Bee Ridge Congregational, First Nazareen and Croy's Creek Congregational Churches, have in common besides "being a peculiar people?" (Check 1st Peter 2: 9 and 10). They will be joining together at the Nazareen Church to host a group called Newfound Road. They're a bluegrass gospel group so come on out and join us. Watch the Times for more information. You can also see how Churches can and should work together for the good of the community.
Our information is as follows: Sunday Study 9:30 a.m., (ALL)/ Worship 10:40 a.m., special services announced. We will resume Bible Study at Myra and Dennis Holley's on 2nd Tuesday in January, at 7 p.m. Thank you Dennis and Myra for your hospitality. To hear some of Pastor Steve's sermons go to website http:/OtterCreek Church.Com.
Church address is 6299 N. Crow Street, Brazil; call church at 812-446-5300, contact Pastor Steve at 812-249-3309 after 4 p.m., or call me to leave a message at 446-4007. If we can listen, pray or help in someway please feel free to contact us.
We are a small church but God says where two or more are gathered in his name there shall He be also. Join us we're a down home country church and want to welcome you.
SEELYVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Seelyville United Methodist Church is a Christian community of Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Doors. We are located at US 40 and 2nd Street in Seelyville, one block east of the stoplight.
Please join us at 9:30 a.m. for worship Epiphany Sunday. We will celebrate the light of a new star. A time of fellowship follows worship with Church School for all ages beginning at 10:45 a.m. Nursery care is provided.
Share Food orders for January can be placed now until noon on Jan. 8.